City Council finalizes settlements against SDPD

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A group of women who sued San Diego police officers for personal injuries, including those who suffered at the hands of former officer Christopher Hays, had their legal settlements finalized by the City Council Tuesday morning.

In total, the two settlements will be worth just over $1.5 million.

The first item to be heard involves a suit filed by a group of three women who say that they were sexually abused while interacting with Hays in 2012. Last month, according to documents, two plaintiffs who brought charges against Hays settled for $1.25 million and $60,000, respectively.

Three women testified in the criminal case against Hays, who pleaded guilty to charges of false imprisonment and misdemeanor counts of assault and battery under the color of authority by a police officer. He was sentenced to one year in prison.

The second settlement saw a woman sue after a February 2013 encounter with former officer Donald Moncrief and tentatively settle for $250,000. At the time, the woman alleged that Moncrief groped her and exposed himself after placing her under arrest. Moncrief was not charged with any crime, but he did eventually leave the San Diego Police Department.

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